Articles Tagged: Deterrence

Affirming Extended Deterrence

Sixty-­‐nine years ago, Bernard Brodie published his famous precept about the consequences of the atomic bomb: “Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars.  From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them. It can have almost no other useful purpose.”1 Brodie was well ahead of his […]

Time To Talk Plainly And Clearly About Nuclear Weapons

Bob Butterworth knows nuclear weapons. He know cyber weapons. He knows space. He knows intelligence. And Butterworth cares enough to take public risks, to speak plainly in hopes others will do the same and thus help the country find the best answers to tough problems. While the American public has little idea it’s happening, a […]

Global Zero and New Paradigms for Nuclear Deterrence

On July 25, 2013, Dr. Robert Butterworth and Dr. Barry Blechman addressed a large audience as part of the 2013 AFA, ROA and NDIA Huessy Congressional Seminar Series on Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Defense, Arms Control and Defense Policy,. This event was made possible by the support of the Marshall Institute and its President, Jeff Kueter. In April 2013, Marshall Institute Director Dr. Robert Butterworth published […]

Slouching Towards Zero: Considering U.S. Nuclear Weapons Programs and Policy

Since the 1960s the United States has operationally deployed nearly all its strategic nuclear forces in a Triad of delivery systems comprising land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs); submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs); and bombs and cruise missiles delivered by aircraft. In 2010, coincident with the New START negotiations, the Obama administration presented a plan to modernize each component […]

Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century

Is deterrence a “one-size fits all” strategic concept? Can it be applied equally effectively to security challenges as diverse as nuclear weapons and cyberspace? Or do the emerging domains of outer space and cyberspace require their own deterrence strategies? These and related questions are the subject of a collection of essays recently published by the […]

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